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By Ryan Smith|  Comment(s)

CMA Music Fest in Nashville

The big word this year at the CMA Music Fest was WEATHER!  I’ve been coming to this fest since I moved down here almost 10 years ago and every year seems hotter than the last…until 2012.

Someone has been making deals with Mother Nature because she decided to ease up on the crews that work this show in the stifling heat.  There were breezes like we’ve never felt and nights that were simply gorgeous outside.  Yes, there was the expected rainfall but not nearly as bad as it was in past years, interrupting the show schedule.

As usual, I spent the majority of my day over at LP Field as the groups loaded in.  This event has always been exciting to be a part of to see all the contacts we have in Country Music and meet some new faces.  I did, however, spend sometime across the river at the Riverfront Stages to catch a few artists.  Jo Dee Messina has been a Shure Artist clear back to her first hit and she never fails to draw a huge crowd at this event.  After so many years in this industry, she still delivers a great performance!  The other artist I caught there was Corey Smith who had a great following and loves playing in Nashville. If you are not hip to his music, go check out his site and download “Maybe Next Year.”  He’s a great songwriter!

LP Field is home to the Tennessee Titans.  This week, it was the evening party spot for all the fans who spend the week in town to catch all their favorites like Glen Campbell, who I have never seen in concert.  What a treat! One night Ronnie Milsap kicked off the evening playing all of his hits.  He sounded amazing as well.

Some of the Shure Artists that rocked the field were The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, and Martina McBride who performed last on Sunday to close out a great week of music in Nashville.

Shure was well represented throughout the fest on both stages thanks to the help of Clair Nashville and Morris Light and Sound.  The wired mics that we brought out to the CMT Music Awards were then brought over to be used at LP Field.

Thanks to all for continuing to wave the Shure Flag and for keeping the spirit of music alive and well in Nashville and beyond.

Ryan

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Day One - empty stadium

Day One - empty stadium

Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell

From FOH
FOH cover

Covering up at FOH

Paisley's cabs

Paisley's guitar cabs

Paisley

Brad Paisley

Riverfront Stage

Riverfront Stage

Riverstage 2
Riverstage 3
Riverfront 3
Riverfront 2

Riverfront 2

Riverboat
UR and 900's

UHF-R & PSM900's

Jo Dee 2

Jo Dee's crowd at Riverstages

Jo Dee rocks the river

Jo Dee rocks the river

Jo Dee and Me

Jo Dee Messina and Ryan

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan 3

Luke Bryan from FOH

Little Big Town - Front Page

Little Big Town - Front Page News!

Mics a plenty

Mics a plenty

Mr. McBride and analog world

John McBride and his awesome desk

Ramp 2
Ramp
Side Stage

Side Stage

Be A Boat

Crew Humor

Back of the Stadium

Back of the Stadium

Post show

Post Show Teardown

What a MESS!

 

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